Panama City swaps land to build walkthrough on Harrison Avenue

PANAMA CITY — Following lively discussion on social media and during their regular meeting Tuesday, city commissioners approved a land swap with longtime investor George Kingston.

The two properties being swapped are a city-owned parcel along Mulberry Street and Kingston’s parcel at 447 Harrison Ave. The city’s property is appraised at $534,000 and Kingston’s property is appraised at $500,000, with Kingston’s Beach Drive PC Holdings LLC to pay the city $34,000 to accommodate the difference in value.

Panama City commissioners on Tuesday approved a property swap, giving up a parcel the city owns on Mulberry Avenue and gaining this vacant store at 447 Harrison Ave.  The store will be demolished to make room for a walkthrough similar to Gateway Park by Millie's Downtown.

City officials plan to demolish the Harrison Avenue building to add a public gathering space between Harrison Avenue and a parking lot next to Grace Avenue.

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Commissioner Jenna Flint Haligas said the project came from the visioning process with international urban planners after Hurricane Michael. The planners identified the block from the Martin Theater to City Hall as being too long. She said they marked the single building to be torn down and used as a walkthrough.

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